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4200 Sq. Ft., Sleeps Up To 28! Great For Family/Group Vacations! Amazing View!!!

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,200 sq ft
Property type lodge


About the property

4200 Sq. Ft., Sleeps Up To 28 Guests! Great For Family And Group Vacations!

Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Ausable River Valley and exquisite sunsets year around! The lodge is a brand new log structure with many uniquely hand crafted features. Fully furnished and ready to host your group of 2 to 28! Especially designed to sleep up to 28 guests with 1 master suite and 3 bedrooms each containing 2 sets of full size hand crafted log bunk beds. Each of the 3 bedrooms sleep up to 8 guests. Perfect for families that vacation together, family reunions, weddings, 50th anniversary gatherings, honeymoons, retreats, etc... The decor is warm and welcoming for any occasion. We also have access to Oscoda County's many orv trails right from our property and are set up to accommodated atv's and snowmobiles. Enjoy a fully functional and equipped kitchen for all of your cooking needs. The large loft area has a table top shuffle board table and elliptical exercise machine along with lots of floor space for the kids! Our unique fire pit area has built in seating for large groups and offers a spectacular view. We have a large event grill and 2 picnic tables on the lower patio along with a patio table and chairs on the main floor outdoor deck....All facing the spectacular view! The beautiful sun room is the perfect place to get away and relax with a book or a chat with friends and offers an amazing view of the breath taking sunsets! Most of our guests comment that they just want to stay at the lodge and enjoy the comfort and beauty of the home and the view.

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Sandy Handrich
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Sandy Handrich

We make our home on the 60 acres the lodge is located on and have both spent the majority of our lives in this area. God has blessed us with 3 lovely daughters, 1 is married and gave us our 1st grandchild in Oct. 2014!! Two of our daughters live here in Mio and our oldest lives in California. We have 2 spoiled chocolate labs, Jugg and Hunter who we adore. Dale and I enjoy traveling, camping, golf and fishing. We own Handrich trucking, a family business started by Dale's father in 1976. That takes up most of Dale's time, while I (Sandy) run the lodge, and also work at Mio Baptist Church 1 day a week. We are all very involved in our church, and are very thankful for God's many blessings in our lives.

Sandy Handrich purchased this lodge in 2010

Why Sandy Handrich chose Mio

This lodge is a dream come true for us. We live on the hill right next to the lodge in a beautiful log home where we raised our family. We have a beautiful view 365 days a year and wanted a way to share it with others and provide quality lodging for large families and groups. We purchased the 60 acres 16 years ago and built our dream home. Dale started clearing the lodge property in 2009, and construction on the lodge began and was completed in 2010.

What makes this lodge unique

We thoroughly enjoyed the process of designing and decorating the lodge. Every area of the lodge was designed with our guests in mind. We wanted to offer something that would be unique yet warm and inviting. We tried to create a place that would be large enough for families to all stay together yet cozy enough for you to be able to relax and feel at home away from home. Some of our favorite features in the lodge would be the large dining room table that seats about 14, it was crafted by local Amish. The fire pit area is a great gathering place and my personal favorite is the beautiful sun room area. Please come and be our guests and experience the true relaxation of the Ausable View Lodge and Northern Michigan.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our group of women had an exceptional time at the Lodge! Our host, Sandy, was very accommodating and kind enough to let our group check in early so we could make the 4 p.m. Mass at the local Catholic Church and visit the Shrine. Sandy’s home is exquisite! We enjoyed all facets of it from the fabulous, scenic view, comfortable seating and bedding, functional and beautiful kitchen and massive roaming area! Everything was above-average and exceeded our expectations! Thank you, Sandy, for your excellent communication and helpfulness. -- Lisa B. and group
Mar 2018
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Mio Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please use coasters, hot pads and placemats on the dining room table. Please do not allow children to play games or color there without protection.
  • Absolutely no kegs allowed and no excessive amounts of alcohol!!! Any alcohol consumption should be done responsibly and minimally!
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Master Suite - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - Main Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - Lower Level - toilet , shower , Seperate shower/toilet area from vanity and sinks
  • There are 3 full size bathrooms. The bathroom on the lower level is designed to allow those using the sinks and mirrors to be separated from someone showering or using the toilet. This allows several to get ready at one time on the lower level. All bathrooms are stocked with clean bath and hand towels as well as wash cloths.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Master Suite - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - loft - 4 bunk bed , All 4 beds are full size - sleeps 8
    Bedroom 3 - lower level - 4 bunk bed , All 4 beds are full size - sleeps 8
    Bedroom 4 - lower level - 4 bunk bed , All 4 beds are doubles - sleeps 8
    Bedroom 5 - loft living area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The futon will sleep 1 or 2 depending on their size.
  • The master suite is on the main floor. It has a queen size sleep number bed which sits atop a hand hewn log bed. The master suite has it's own full bathroom and walk in closet. The other 3 bedrooms all have 2 sets of full size bunk beds and wonderful mattresses! The loft area also has a futon that can sleep 1 or 2. All of our beds and dressers are hand crafted by local amish. All beds are made with fresh linens for your arrival.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
The lodge is a great place to just relax and enjoy the beauty of northern Michigan inside and out. We have decorated with many animal mounts and items that are native to or were crafted in the area. We also have many unique antique items. Please take the time to read what our past guests have said....It truly is a place to connect with family and friends away from the hustle and bustle of life at home!


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4200 Sq. Ft., Sleeps Up To 28! Great For Family/Group Vacations! Amazing View!!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 107 reviews

Beautiful, peaceful, and charming place for any type of getaway.

  • 5 of 5

What else can be said about this wonderful place, other than it's absolutely amazing!! My husband and I stayed here for a long Anniversary weekend. We did not want to leave!! Highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your Anniversary!! So happy you enjoyed the lodge and chose to stay there for your special get away!! Please come again and thank you for the wonderful review :) Dale and Sandy
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Highland, Michigan

So nice we return again and again

  • 5 of 5

We love this property. We’ve stayed here many times and each time we are so glad we came. Pure relaxation! It’s our hidden gem in Mio!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laurie! We love having you guys come :) Sandy
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4th annual Guy's Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Once again, the ten friends had a fun filled weekend of wonderful food, winter hiking along the

Au Sable River, several adult beverages, and lots of card playing. How can one improve on that?

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing us again this year Gordon! It's always a pleasure to hear from you each year!! Please come again, Sandy
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4th year in a row!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home after our 4th year in a row. Crazy when the 'remember this day' comes up with photos from the same week the past few years with memories.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for returning 4 years in a row!! We are so thankful for great families like yours who return year after year! Blessings for 2018! Dale and Sandy
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Best House Available in Northern, MI by Far!!! Zero Disappointments!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house by far is the best house in Northern, MI. Words cannot explain how nice it is. Plenty of room for 4+ families, sits a top a bluff overlooking Mio, walkout basement, multiple sitting TV rooms, game room loft, large kitchen area & table for 12+. The Lodge is decorated nicer than most people's homes, plenty of parking, close to town, stocked with all the amenities you would ever need.

This is the 2nd time I've stayed there & it will definitely not be the last.

Do yourself a favor, and stay here. It will be on your short list from then on.

Thank You Sandy & Dale for a Great weekend!!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review Andrew! We couldn't be happier with your appreciation for and your enjoyment of our property! So glad you'll be returning in the future....Happy 2018 Dale and Sandy
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Great lodge / cabin setting.

  • 5 of 5

Such a great experience, this was a great lodge. High quality throughout and what a great view.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it....please come again! Dale and Sandy
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
MBS - Saginaw, MI
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Fairview Hills or Sidewinder
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mio Pizza, Ellies 12 Tables, McDonalds, Paddle Inn
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Skyline or Hansen Hills - Grayling, MI
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Twin Lakes - Lewiston, MI
Car: necessary

We are located on the south end of the quaint little town of mio, michigan! Approx. 35 miles north of i 75, 180 miles north of detroit and 100 miles south of the mackinaw bridge. Our unique location gives us the best of both worlds, perched high on a hill overlooking the ausable river valley, yet close enough to walk to town! The lodge is secluded and surrounded by woods on 3 sides. Our area is most widely known for the ausable river, well known for fishing and canoeing. We are only about 5 min. From the river and provide information on local canoe liveries. Mio is also known for the amish community with its many stores and bakeries. Hundreds of miles of atv trails, thousands of acres of national forest, and many lakes make our community a sportsman's paradise. Mio is also surrounded by some of the top rated golf courses in the country.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check in is 4pm Check out is 11am
Children 2 and under are free.
Holidays are a 3 night minimum and will be charged at the base or Peak rate.
Events such as Weddings and Small parties where outside guests will be invited will be charged a $350 event fee.
Groups of 14- 20 will incur an extra cleaning fee of $50
Groups of 21 or more will incur an extra cleaning fee of $80
Book 5 consecutive nights and receive a 7% discount
Book 6 consecutive nights and receive a 10% discount
Book 1 full week and receive a 15% discount
No refunds will be given once the final payment has been made

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.